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post #1 of 15 Old 11-29-2008, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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I am just over 10k and plan on getting a new chain and sprockets in the spring. Just throwing this out there for any advice on chain brands.
And also looking for input on the differences between oem sprocket and alternatives (ie what do you get by changing sprocket size).
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-30-2008, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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wow. 40 views, no responses.
i know its a slow time of year, but dang, seems like a mortuary in here....dead.

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post #3 of 15 Old 11-30-2008, 12:29 PM
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Sorry I have been riding

There are a ton of choices available on both chains and sprockets. A good O-ring or X-ring chain is your best choice... As for sprockets stay with a steel set. I have never had any luck with alum ones.

As for sprocket choices. You can move around the power and capability of your bike with your choices. I have found for me that the 15 front and 42 rear give me a great around town and back road set up. Then you can easily drop the front to a 14 tooth sprocket and have a very capable off road set up as well. None of the components are terrible expensive so experiment to what best fits your riding style.

Hope you find that helpful!

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post #4 of 15 Old 11-30-2008, 04:34 PM
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Probably cause people know a quick forum search will give you plenty of answers. No need to repeat 100 posts of the same information.
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Sorry... Been busy deer hunting and cutting wood..

I'm still on my stock set at 17K, but I've got an RK O-ring chain waiting for when my sprockets and chain start to show actual wear, which hasn't been the case as of yet.

Part of me wants to go to a 16 tooth for highway rpm drop, but since I occasionally ride off road, I want to stay with the 15 tooth..
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-01-2008, 06:52 PM
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I went up a tooth on the front, to a 16, and LOVE it for highway use. Test ride was a 500 mile day...GPS had me averaging 69.1 mph for the first 350 miles (all freeway) at which point I got bored and jumped off on the twisties. Point is...with the 16 front you can set it on 80 and leave it all day. I also bought a 14 at the same time and plan to use it for off-road fun...thus adding to the already incredible versatility of the KLR!
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post #7 of 15 Old 12-01-2008, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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sorry to make you read a repeat post wanderer. i was just going to bed and jotted it down with hope of some conversation the next day.
and see, some people just like to chat, even if it has been covered before.
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thanks for the advice guys.

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Well, I wasn't being a smartass, just explaining a possible reason why you weren't getting replies. If a conversation about sprockets and chains is what you wanted, then why did you only say "thanks for the advice guys"... where is the conversation? A quick search would turn up 20x the advice on sprockets and chains and you won't even have to wait for replies.
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post #9 of 15 Old 12-01-2008, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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i guess the word conversation is relative..to a man like Jeremiah Johnson that much verbage may have been more than he spoke in an entire year!

i'm just joshin' with ya, yeah i guess i should have used the search tool..

p.s. thanks for the tip "Prevailing Torque Countershaft Nut" !

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post #10 of 15 Old 12-22-2008, 05:18 AM
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I also changed my sprockets and chain early (11,700). If I were to do it again I would have not changed the O-ring chain. As long as you keep the O-ring chain properly adjusted, clean, and lubed, it should last a long time.

If you remove/change the counter sprocket you should consider purchasing and using an Eagle Prevailing Torque Nut.

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